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LCEWD is committed to offering reliable, timely service to our customers. You can count on us to provide services by phone, email, and online.  Contact us at:

We know that layoffs/furloughs are hard on both employers and employees. Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development (LCEWD) is hosting weekly 30-minute Zoom events for employers and employees on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 1:30PM. Registration can be found here.

Session topics include:

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) application process
  • Healthcare options
  • Job search support services offered by LCEWD
  • Questions and Answers

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) system is administered by the State of Colorado not Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development and is primarily an online system. Claimants are encouraged to file online at

If you have lost your job or have reduced hours or wages you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.  

  • If you are a traditional employee whose employer takes taxes out of your paychecks and reports your income on a W-2 tax form, you should file a regular unemployment claim.
  • If you are self-employed or are a 1099 or gig-economy worker who receives a 1099 tax form for your income, you should file a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claim. 

Please refer to this worksheet before filing your claim to determine which benefits you might be eligible for.  Still have questions?  Visit the FAQs page for help on filing, a claim and getting paid.  

Important Unemployment Insurance Updates

  • New work-search requirements are in place. You are now required to complete work-search activities every week to be paid benefits unless you are job attached and expect to return to your regular schedule by July 5.  View the new work-search requirements
  • If you have exhausted your regular unemployment benefits you may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation. You will be asked to refile a claim before July 25, 2020.  
  • All eligible claimants will receive the extra $600/week benefit available under the CARES Act. The $600/week will be added to your regular benefit when you request payment on your claim. You do not need to take any action other than continue your regular payment request process. These benefits are retroactive to March 29, 2020.

  • File your Unemployment Insurance Claim with Colorado Department of Labor and Employment                                 
    Tips for Successful Submission through the website

    • Claims must be completed and submitted within 24 hours of the initial filing.

    • While filing the claim, click the Save & Finish Later button often, and click File a Claim to return to the last page you saved.

    • File during non-peak hours (evenings after 8 p.m., late nights, early mornings). It may improve your experience.

    • You must provide information about the reason you are no longer working for all employers from the last 18 months. If you have a lot of information to include, it is best if you type up this information before you start, then copy/paste at the appropriate time.

    • Once finished, click Submit one time. When the claim is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation page and number.

 Unemployment Insurance Information to Know

  • UI is still programming the system to begin accepting claims for workers who are eligible for benefits related to the CARES Act:

  • Self-Employed individuals, contract and independent contractors claims will be retroactive as far back as February 2, 2020. Keep monitoring for instructions to file.

  • The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which is $600/week additional benefit will be retroactive to March 29, 2020. You DO NOT need to take action for the additional $600 benefit. Benefits will be retroactive and eligible claimants will not lose benefits while you wait to file a claim. 

  • PIN numbers are typically only sent via a computer-generated system.  However, due to the high volume of claims, UI has been emailing or using a phone recording system to send out PINs.  If you receive a PIN by phone or email, this is legitimate!

  • If you need a PIN reset or did not receive a PIN, the options are to call 888.550.2800 or online by clicking here.

  • If you are unable to access the MyUI system, you can request payment by calling 1.800.550.2800.

  • Requesting payment every two weeks keeps your claim active.  If you haven't received a PIN before the first date you are to request payment, please contact 1.800.388.5515.

  • Please remember to report UI income and any income changes if you are receiving food assistance through the Department of Human Services. 

  • The requirement for claimants to perform work-search activities has been waived.  All claimants must still register for work at even if you are job attached.

Register with your local Workforce Center

  • If you file a claim with Unemployment Insurance you may be required to create/update an account with the state and county run job database,

    This database is updated daily (Monday – Friday) with job openings from community businesses. All job postings are verified prior to being added to the database. An active account gives you access to job search resources, including: a Resume Review tool, Pre-Employment Skill Assessment Tests, access to Virtual Job Shadow (a career exploration tool), and more.
  • The United Way of Larimer County has collected a multitude of resources to assist you and your family during this health crisis. They are actively updating documents that catalog resources for accessing food assistance, medical assistance, senior support, mental health, senior support, unemployment resources, utilities/rent assistance, family resources, and small business support. Some are available in Spanish.
  • Stay At Home CO:  We know this can pose many challenges for all Coloradans. So we've created a Stay At Home CO Guide full of free resources, supports, and activities to help you, your family, and your loved ones during this time. These pages will be regularly updated.
  • Resources to promote free meal programs during Coronavirus school closures:  

    With schools closed across the country, kids who rely on school meals are at risk of going hungry. No Kid Hungry has launched a texting hotline to let parents know about emergency food distribution sites in their neighborhoods.

    Parents & caregivers can text the word “FOOD” (or“COMIDA”) to 877-877 to find the nearest sites.

  • The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.  Updated information can be found at



The Larimer County Department of health and Environment has set up an information page to help you answer health questions related to COVID-19. This information is changing quickly. Please check back often for updated information. Links at the top of the page (beige/brown 1st menu) focus on direct public health impact and regulatory topics. Continue scrolling to lower menus (small blue boxes) for links to other impacts, questions/answers and community info pages.

NoCoRecovers:  This page is consistently updated to provide a single source of up-to-date information on potential funding resources available to support the business community of Northern Colorado. 


    • Larimer County Department of Health has set up an information center for questions about COVID-19 for Larimer County residents.  Here are the best ways to reach them:
      • Call the Joint Information Center : 970-498-5500
        Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

        Text us questions: 970-999-1770
        We will do our best to respond within 4 hours during the day
    • 2-1-1 Colorado:  2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community.  
      Call 2-11 or (866) 760-6489     Text your ZIP CODE to 898-211
    • CO-HELP:  Colorado’s call line for general questions about COVID-19, provides answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话) and more. CO-HELP operators cannot recommend whether or where you get tested, provide medical advice or help you with your prescriptions. They cannot provide testing results. They cannot clear you to go to work. If you are seeking help for anything other than general questions, please try telehealth or health care provider.

      Call 303-389-1687 or (877)-462-2911


  1. Larimer County is sending updates subscription for residents and maintaining multiple channels for Q&A.  The County's COVID-19 webpage details how to get connected. 

    The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment regularly posts Unemployment Insurance updates, visit

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Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development is committed to offering reliable, timely service to our customers.  Connect with us by phone, email, or online.

Phone:  970.498.6600